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University of Manchester Reviews

Updated 15 October 2017
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  • Some of the Principal Investigators do not spend as much time with their PhD students as they perhaps should (in 5 reviews)

  • Hours worked are quite long, find it hard to concentrate when hours are so long (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "student"

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    Current Employee - Student in Manchester, England
    Current Employee - Student in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Manchester full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    very great facilities
    the university is doing a lot for you (provide support, organize events )
    we can choose a lot of courses

    Cons

    the lectures can be boring
    some exams account for 100%
    no personal relation with the lecturers


  2. "PhD student"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Manchester full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent personal and career development services

    Cons

    Big university meaning it is sometimes challenging to perform project across different faculties


  3. "University Lecturer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great reputation helps access to research funding, good resources and research infrastructure, active research centres and talented colleagues.

    Cons

    Large course sizes at undergraduate level for popular subjects limits the amount of personal attention you can give students, university management becoming more corporate, line management inconsistent.

    Advice to Management

    Don't let Manchester rest on its laurels in terms of quality of support for students, try to engage academics in better line management.


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  5. "Great Part Time Job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, England

    I have been working at University of Manchester (More than a year)

    Pros

    Easy to meet other people not on your course

    Cons

    Have to balance work and uni


  6. "Becoming very corporate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Manchester part-time

    Pros

    Great, supportive colleagues and some great benefits. Good to work in the city and have all that it offers on your doorstep. Working with students is rewarding.

    Cons

    Us and them attitude from management; becoming extremely corporate and targets driven. Management no longer interested in staff or students as individuals - only in meeting externally derived targets. Staff are often micromanaged, autonomy and trust has gone. Staff are overworked and often expected to do way more than they can fit into their working week.

    Advice to Management

    Give your staff more autonomy. Trust them to do the job they were hired to do. Treat staff and students with integrity, as people, rather than numbers on a spreadsheet.


  7. "Physics Internship"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There was a nice working environment with highly intelligent colleagues. Also had many perks and chances to work with cutting edge equipment

    Cons

    Communication between departments wasn't always as good as it should be. Work not always valued by management in the way it should be.

    Advice to Management

    Work on communication skills. Make organisation clearer and provide more opportunities for progression and feedback.


  8. "Progression of PhD"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Manchester, England
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good, fun and motivated vibe. i really enjoy doing research in this university.

    Cons

    not that bad. i can't think of any disadvantage


  9. "Campaign calling job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Manchester part-time

    Pros

    great for students who are looking for an easy way to give value to prospective students. People are nice in the workplace and they offer full training.

    Cons

    If you do not like cold calling then i would not recommend the job, you also need a high tolerance in doing the same repetitive task.

    Advice to Management

    My advice would be to continue doing what they are doing which is giving students with language background a chance to get part time work.


  10. "Great part-time perks for students"

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    Current Employee - Student Ambassador in Manchester, England
    Current Employee - Student Ambassador in Manchester, England

    I have been working at University of Manchester part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The university has great part-time opportunities for current students that fit around your schedule. You can choose from a variety of work such as tour leading, mentoring, packaging and posting, or managing the reception. You could also try out the Students' union roles such as bartending. Overall there are plenty of opportunities and you will get by just fine provided you are willing.

    An additional benefit of choosing the student ambassador work is that the community is quite friendly. Imagine a group of 500 students working together to set up and run an open day, everyone is as energetic as you and you have good fun.

    Cons

    The only down-side of working in this role is that you may not get work all the time. Unlike other part-time jobs where you can set out certain time of the day to work, the student ambassador work is highly varied. One has to apply to each opportunity individually, and there is no guarantee that you will get it. Although, I have been able to get work more often than not.


  11. "wokring at manchester"

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    Current Employee - PhD Research Student in Manchester, England
    Current Employee - PhD Research Student in Manchester, England

    I have been working at University of Manchester full-time

    Pros

    great city, great place. Lots of opportunities to travel in my PhD ranging from China to many places in the USA. Great research projects at a world leading university.

    Cons

    Academia can be slow and a little tedious. Be prepared to do a lot of isolated research, everyone is too busy with their own research and you can feel a little alone sometimes.. although to counter this they usually have a lot of group meetings.

    Advice to Management

    I believe the PHD programs are very good and will set me up with the skills i need to get a good job. I say just continue doing what you are doing.


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